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entitlement e reforms. the trouble is none of that's on the table. james, i will take spending cuts when i can get them. >> exactly, larry. >> go ahead, james. >> that's why republicans learned to love the sequester. president obama is giving them a menu of bad options. this is the one modest step, baby step toward reform, toward fiscal sanity that tells private markets maybe there is hope that the government will pull back. maybe if you want to think optimistically you make the case for tax reform, regulatory reform to get the growth up. tax reform to the president means more money for the government. you take spending reforms where you can get it. >> let me make this simple. i consider much of what's been said so far to be ideological. you said there would be no math on this but c plus i plus g. we all believe that. in an economy that has -- >> wait a minute. >> in an economy with an output gap. >> hang on. >> if you cut government spending we will shrink. >> consumption plus investment is 3.4% at an annual rate. >> great. >> it did fine. it was the g. you had one-off trade deficit issues an
spending. let's reform entitlements. let's get the deficit down. big picture stuff that never really surfaced in the obama administration. >> it absolutely didn't. and again, perhaps that's a reason the council is going away. the recommendations that -- the big picture items that the council recommended were never really adopted by the obama administration, never pursued, despite the fact that these are people the president appointed and had significant business experience. and somebody again that would lend credibility to us as republicans and democrats in congress as a way to come together to get this country's economy moving. in my view, the situation has not changed. in fact, as we saw by the numbers you just reported, the lack of jobs, the slowing of the economy are still here, perhaps getting more evidence that things are going in the wrong direction, not the right direction. and all the more reason to have something to coalesce around the darn partisanship of washington, d.c. and the differences between congress. and i could say every time i say to my democratic colleagues tha
way. >> jimmy, i think -- i know mr. obama is sitting high, though he got whacked by the federal court today but i think democrats can be pretty stupid, too. if they reject entitlement reform, if they say we're just going to raise taxes like this budget deal, just taxes and no spending, if they don't deal with federal debt and they don't deal with the economic growth problem, then the democrats are going to be stupid and they're going to give away what advantage they have now. >> charlie cook wrote a really great column today about this issue in 2016 it will still be about the economy, stupid, right? here's the problem. the republicans, you just said bill clinton and ronald reagan. i appreciate that. you also described a dead white man and a nearly dead white man. the republican party has got to get off this issue of only appealing to white men and women over 50. the country is changing and it's changing rapidly. >> in fairness we're having a conversation about bobby jindal -- >> but you dismissed him as a serious presidential candidate. >> i didn't dismiss him. i said his tactic was d
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